03/26/15 5:35pm

GovernorTerry McAuliffeGovernor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today after signing the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget Bill as it passed the General Assembly, without adding any amendments or line-item vetoes:

“Today I was proud to sign a budget bill that provides a strong foundation for our future — a foundation built on collaboration and a shared commitment to building a new Virginia economy.

“This budget closes our revenue shortfall responsibly, avoids cuts to core programs like education, and invests in key priorities that are essential to economic growth. It also includes my top priorities of increasing funding for economic development; offering health care services to more Virginians who need them; giving Virginia state employees a much-needed raise; funding the First Lady’s school breakfast initiative; and supporting efforts to end homelessness across the Commonwealth.

“This final budget is a product of genuine bipartisan compromise. I want to thank Chairmen Walter Stosch, Chuck Colgan and Chris Jones for working with my team and me to pass this bill.

“Our constituents expect us to demonstrate the fiscal discipline necessary to balance our budget and manage state services in the most cost-efficient manner possible.

“And they expect us to reach across the aisle and work together to reach that goal.

“We have done that this year, and I was proud to join my partners in that effort today as I signed this budget bill.”

 

03/26/15 4:16pm

Amenities - Braddock Metro Center

On this Throwback Thursday, exactly one (1) year ago, the RedBrickTown.com blog was officially born. We had been prepping for this day for just about one (1) month prior to this date and turned the lights on officially on March 26, 2014 in the 4:00 PM hour.

Our first post as Red Brick Town was on the Braddock Road Metro Center project which you can revisit at this link.

Thank you readers. This blog would be NOTHING without you. It’s been a great ride and it’s going to get better in the year’s to come.

For a refresher on why I expanded the current blog I had to Red Brick Town, click this link.

03/26/15 3:38pm

Spring, 1755: Major General Edward Braddock, Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s Forces in North America convened a meeting of five colonial governors at John Carlyle’s Alexandria home. Among Braddock’s objectives was to secure funding for his upcoming campaign against the French. Carlyle called this gathering “the Grandest Congress … ever known on the Continent.”

Step back in time to Braddock’s visit this Saturday, March 28 and learn more about the French and Indian War. Meet General Braddock and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 18th-century! Costumed interpreters will be on site to answer your questions.

Admission is FREE, but a $1 donation is suggested. Braddock Day starts at 10:00 AM.

For more information, please visit this link or call 703.549.2997

03/26/15 1:47pm

The date is set, Metro customers, and your new ride will soon be here.

Metro has announced that the system’s first 7000-series train will enter passenger service Tuesday, April 14, on the Blue Line.

The introduction of the first new train will be the most significant milestone to date for a project that has spanned nearly five years from approval and funding, through design and engineering, to testing and certification.

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03/26/15 1:36pm

 

Potomac Greens in Alexandria, Virginia

ACTion Alexandria, the online civic engagement of ACT for Alexandria, is asking for your ideas for making Alexandria a greener, more sustainable place. By submitting your green idea, you could win up to $2,000 to turn your vision into reality. Thanks to The Dominion Foundation, a total of $5000 will be awarded for the winning ideas.

The deadline to submit is Friday, April 3.

After April 3, you can show your support for submitted ideas by voting on the ACTion Alexandria website. For more information, please visit this link.